Opinion: Glenn Mangurian asks, “What’s All the Fuss about Artificial Intelligence?”

Glenn Mangurian

June 8, 2023 By Glenn Mangurian

You probably have been hearing a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) recently and the dangers it poses to the world. While the concept of AI has been around for decades (remember HAL from the 1968 science fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), in the last six months the AI technology has advanced rapidly. Chatbot software is available free for use with some programs that simulate human-like conversations with users via chat. Its key task is to answer user questions with instant messages. The chatbot that is getting the most press is ChatGPT. Introduced last November, ChatGPT reached over 100 million users by January 2023, making it the fastest growing consumer application to date.

To learn more about ChatGPT I decided to “interview” ChatGPT online. In this condensed and edited actual “interview”, you will get an understanding of the power of AI.

Glenn: Hello, my name is Glenn. What is your name?
ChatGPT: I don’t possess a personal name like humans do. You can simply refer to me as ChatGPT or Chatbot. How can I assist you today, Glenn?

Glenn: I’m writing an article on artificial intelligence. Can I interview you?
ChatGPT: Of course! I’d be happy to help you with your article on AI. While I’m an AI language model and don’t possess personal experiences or opinions, I can provide you with information and insights on various AI-related topics. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have.

Glenn: Well, what questions should I ask you?
ChatGPT: Here are a few questions you can consider asking me for your article on AI:
1. What is artificial intelligence, and how would you define it in simple terms?
2. What are some real-world applications of AI that are currently being used?
3. How has AI evolved over the years, and what are some notable milestones or advancements?
4. What are the main types of AI, and what differentiates them?
5. What are the potential benefits and risks associated with the widespread adoption of AI?
6. How does machine learning work, and what are its key components?
7. Can you explain the concept of deep learning and its significance in AI?
8. What are some common challenges or limitations faced by AI systems?
9. How does AI impact various industries, such as healthcare, finance, or transportation?
10. What ethical considerations should be taken into account when developing or using AI?

Feel free to adapt these questions to suit your specific article requirements, and feel free to ask follow-up questions based on the responses.

Glenn: Wow! That’s a great list of questions but my readers might like a more condensed interview. Let’s
start with the obvious question – What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT: I am an AI language model developed by OpenAI. I was trained on a vast amount of data from the internet, including books, articles, and other text sources, to learn how to understand and generate human-like language.

Glenn: But, what do you do?
ChatGPT: I can perform a wide range of tasks, including answering questions, generating text, summarizing information, translating languages, and more. I have been designed to understand and respond to natural language input in a way that is similar to how humans communicate.

Glenn: What ways can you help humankind?
ChatGPT: I can potentially help humankind in many ways. Here are a few examples:

  • Access to Information: I can provide quick and easy access to vast amounts of information on a wide
    range of topics, helping people to learn and explore new ideas.
  • Language Translation: I can translate text from one language to another, helping people to
    communicate across language barriers and enabling greater global understanding.
  • Personalized Assistance: I can provide personalized recommendations and assistance based on a
    user’s specific needs and preferences.
  • Medical Research: I can help medical researchers to analyze and interpret large amounts of data
    related to disease and health, potentially leading to new insights and discoveries.
  • Education: I can help students and teachers to learn and teach more effectively, by providing personalized tutoring, generating study materials, and facilitating online learning.

I am excited to see how humans will continue to use and develop these technologies to improve their lives and solve important problems

Glenn: Wow! That’s impressive but I’m a little worried about your power. What are the dangers of ChatGPT?
ChatGPT: I don’t pose any inherent danger to users. However, there are potential risks associated with the way that people use AI language models like myself. Some of the key risks include:

  • Bias: AI models can learn and perpetuate biases present in the data they are trained on, leading to
    unfair or discriminatory results.
  • Misinformation: AI models can generate false or misleading information if they are not properly
    trained or monitored.
  • Security risks: AI models can be vulnerable to hacking or misuse, potentially leading to the leakage of
    sensitive information.
  • Overreliance: If users rely too heavily on AI models like myself, they may neglect their own critical
    thinking skills or fail to consider alternative perspectives.
  • Ethical concerns: The use of AI models raises ethical questions around issues such as privacy, accountability, and transparency.

It’s important for users to be aware of these risks and take steps to mitigate them.

Glenn: You mentioned ethics. What do you see as the major ethical concerns?
ChatGPT: Yes, as AI technology advances and becomes more integrated into various aspects of our lives, it presents a range of ethical considerations that need to be addressed. Here are some common ethical concerns associated with AI:

  • Bias and Fairness: AI systems can inherit and amplify biases present in the data they are trained on,
    leading to discriminatory outcomes in areas such as hiring, lending, and criminal justice.
  • Privacy: AI systems often process and analyze vast amounts of personal data, raising concerns about
    data privacy and security.
  • Autonomous Weapons: The development of AI-powered autonomous weapons raises concerns about
    the ethical implications of delegating life-and-death decisions to machines. There are ongoing
    discussions and debates on establishing international norms and regulations regarding the use of such
  • Job Displacement: The widespread adoption of AI has the potential to automate various tasks, leading to concerns about job displacement and socioeconomic impacts. Ensuring a just transition and retraining opportunities for affected workers is an important ethical consideration. Addressing these ethical concerns requires collaboration between technologists, policymakers, ethicists, andsociety at large. Organizations and researchers are actively working on developing frameworks, guidelines, and regulations to promote ethical AI development and deployment.

Glenn: Can you describe what you have learned about humans in one word?
ChatGPT: Adaptable.

Glenn: What do you mean?
ChatGPT: When I describe humans as “adaptable,” I mean that humans have the remarkable ability to adjust, change, and thrive in various situations and environments. Humans possess cognitive and physical flexibility, allowing them to learn, innovate, and overcome challenges. Throughout history, humans have demonstrated their capacity to adapt to new circumstances, technologies, and social dynamics, which has played a significant role in their survival and progress as a species.

Glenn: You sound “wicked smaht”. Give one piece of advice for my readers on living a happy life.
ChatGPT: Cultivate gratitude. Take the time each day to appreciate and acknowledge the positive aspects of your life, no matter how big or small they may be. Gratitude helps shift your focus from what is lacking to what you have, fostering a sense of contentment and joy. Additionally, expressing gratitude to others can deepen your relationships and create a positive ripple effect. Take the time to thank and appreciate the people who contribute to your life, whether it's through a heartfelt conversation, a handwritten note, or a small act of kindness. By spreading gratitude, you not only uplift others but also enhance your own happiness.

Glenn: Thank you it has been a pleasure chatting with you
ChatGPT: You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed our conversation. It has been a pleasure assisting you. Have a wonderful day!

Yes, I really did ask ChatGPT these questions. You can try ChatGPT for yourself at this website.

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